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File Cabinets on Wheels For Your Home and Office

Updated on March 10, 2014

Organize and Declutter With a File Cabinet on Wheels

If you're looking for file cabinets on wheels, then you're probably in need of storage units that will keep your files and documents organized and can be moved about to any area of your office.

Why move between your desk and documents multiple times a day when you can move it right next to you whenever you want and then back to its usual place when you're done? I know that I am THAT lazy!

Before buying a unit, think about the size of your folders and make sure the drawers are the right size. Once you have the right storage solution, make sure you organize your items properly in each compartment.

Top Rated Metal Filing Cabinet on Wheels

Top rated portable filing unit
Top rated portable filing unit | Source

There are many portable filing unit options out there. Select the size and number of pullouts you need, or the style and material to suit the room. Get one with or without a lock. On this page you'll find a wide variety of best selling and highly rated wheeled file cabinets that will suit any office storage needs.

Mobile Metal File Cabinet

Metal storage units are most commonly used in regular offices and can fit in with all kinds of office décor. They are extremely durable, so are the obvious choice for office filing systems that have to withstand daily wear and tear.

The color options are usually black, white, and silver or grey. The handles are usually horizontal metal pulls.

At the office I used to work in there were several of these neatly lined up along a wall and several of them had lockable drawers to keep the most important documents secure.

Make sure that the drawers will hold the file size that you usually work with, since some options won't hold legal-sized folders but only letter size. The body should be solid metal and not flimsy if you expect it to last a few years.

Top Rated 2 and 3 Drawer Metal Mobile Filing Cabinets on Wheels

A vertical 2-drawer is ideal when space is limited, while metal 3 drawer wheeled file units sometimes come with shallow top drawers for other office supplies and a bottom high-sided drawer for the files, making them very versatile.

Office Max 2-drawer

This black cabinet is great value for money while holding letter size hanging file folders in 2 drawers that slide smoothly. With casters, it measures 27" in height. The construction is in light steel, making it easy to move. The drawers are lockable.

Lorell 2-Drawer

This 2-drawer steel constructed unit comes in black, but is also available on Amazon in light grey. The drawers feature high sides and work on a glide suspension, while the fronts are sleek and embossed. Hanging folders of 8.5"x11" will fit, but NOT legal-sized folders. It measures 26.5'' H by 14.25'' W by 18'' D with the included casters on, and the height reduces to 24.5" without. The casters and drawer handles install easily. The unit can also be locked, but a few reviews say that the lock is a bit weak.

Calico Designs 3 Drawer File Cabinet

This steel one comes 3 colors - black, pewter or silver. It has 3 drawers - the top 2 are shallow and meant for office accessories, while the bottom is for Letter or Legal Size Files. The unit features a built-in lock and comes on 5 casters that need to be installed. The rest of the unit comes fully assembled. The extra fifth caster is on the bottom front of the file drawer and it keeps the unit more stable, especially when the drawer is pulled out.

  • Overall Dimensions of the unit: 22" L x 15.75" W x 23" H
  • Top 2 Drawers Dimensions on the inside: 12.5" W x 17.25" D x 2.25" H
  • Bottom Drawer Dimensions on the inside: 12" W x 15.25" D x 10" H

Alera Mobile 3-Drawer Filing Cabinet with Recessed Casters and Full-Length Pull

This also a 2 shallow and one deep drawer option in black or white. The bottom drawer pulls out fully for easy access of files and can accommodate legal and letter sized files. It features high side walls. The whole unit can be locked.

A counterweight prevents the unit from tipping over.

Wooden file cabinets on wheels

Filing storage units made of wood are perfect for home offices or studies as they can add warmth to the look of the room and can be found in light, medium and dark colors to match the other furniture.

This is the kind I use for my personal documents at home as it blends right in with my home décor. Most units are made of MDF and are either laminated all over or only on the drawer fronts.

3 and 2 Drawer Wooden Mobile File Cabinet

Make sure that the drawers are aligned well and slide in and out smoothly.

Techni Mobili Seguro Mobile 2 Drawer in Graphite or Wood Grain

This stylish MDF unit with laminate in graphite or wood grain features two drawers, the top one can be locked and is for accessories, while the bottom one can hold letter files. There is a tempered glass top supported by powder coated steel legs. The construction is sturdy and well made. It measures 24" in height by 18" in depth by 14" in width.

Bush Series C Box Mobile File Cabinet

You can choose from 10 different colors and designs for this unit. The construction is of MDF with scratch resistant laminate fronts. A 10 year warranty is included. There are two top box drawers, while the bottom file drawer can hold all file sizes. The bottom two drawers are lockable via a single lock. All drawers can be fully extended on ball bearing slides. The casters allow smooth movement and the whole portable unit can fit under most desks.

Nexera 5093 2-Drawer Mobile File Cabinet, Natural Maple Finish

This contemporary style 2 drawer unit is made of engineered wood and is laminated in 2 colors - maple and black. It holds letter and legal-sized folders and the two deep drawers move on metal glides. The overall measurements: 26.63" H x 18.63" W x 17.63" D.

Plastic 2 drawer filing cabinet

STERILITE 37208002 2 Drawer Cart White with See-Through Drawers and Black Casters 2-Pack
STERILITE 37208002 2 Drawer Cart White with See-Through Drawers and Black Casters 2-Pack

The clear drawer fronts let you identify the contents without opening. Ideal for light files. Measures 18-3/4-Inch length x 15-1/4-Inch width x 24-3/4-Inch height


Plastic file cabinets on wheels

If you're looking for a cheaper storage option, plastic is the way to go. They are great for light filing needs and are themselves light and easy to move around even when fully loaded. Perfect for a casual home office or just a place to organize your personal documents.

I use them for multiple purposes such as storing craft supplies, since the semi-transparent fronts make it easy to spot your stuff without opening each drawer. Many plastic units feature removable drawers, so cleaning them thoroughly once in a while is easy.

Make sure the unit is stable and not rickety. Plastic does not mean it can't be durable!

Types of Available Filing Cabinets With Wheels

In general, they are categorized in two ways: By the number and type of compartments, i.e. vertical or lateral, or by what the units are made of. Portable ones are no different, except that you can move your documents to any spot in your office whenever you want.

  • Most mobile filing cabinets are 2 or 3 drawer vertical ones, but you can find taller products that come with more drawers. They are good if you have a corner space to put them in and you don't mind standing up to access all the drawers. HOWEVER, you need to make sure that the unit and casters are sturdy enough, because on wheels, they are more likely to topple over if they get top heavy.

    Lateral cabinets are lower and store files side by side in longer compartments. The overall height is low so as to fit well under a desk. They are designed to allow you to access any folder while sitting down. It is very rare to find mobile lateral cabinets because they are difficult to maneuver and the casters are rarely strong enough. Instead, get a low 2 drawer vertical unit that will fit under a desk. Make sure that it fill fit even with the wheels on.
  • The material is usually metal or wood, but there are also a few options available in plastic that are great for use in a home office too. You can choose the kind you want depending on your room's décor and budget. Plastic tends to be cheaper but is only suitable for light filing needs. Metal is the most durable for heavy filing and regular office use.

I have categorized these storage units by material, i.e. metal, wood or plastic, and under each you'll find a variety of them to suit any organizational needs. If you specifically want to be able to lock one or all drawers, check the individual products for a locking feature.

Here are some neat tips for organizing your documents at home or in the office

Safety precautions

Before you buy, there are a few safety tips you should keep in mind. Place the unit in a low-traffic area, as open drawers can come in people's way.

Manage the load well, i.e. don't stuff all your documents in the top compartment, even though it's the most convenient one! A top heavy cabinet is an unsafe one. If possible, store the heaviest files in the bottom pullout.

Open only one drawer at a time, as the unit can become unstable with too many open.

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